Coming into 2015, Joseph Randle has 105 career carries. Last year alone, DeMarco Murray had 392.
While we doubt Randle will approach that leviathan figure, a franchise record, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is excited to see what he--and Lance Dunbar, for that matter--can do with the opportunity at hand.
“We’re excited about the opportunity we’re going to give those guys,” Garrett told the team’s website. “Joe Randle has been here a couple of years, as has Lance. Those guys are good players. If you go back and watch their tape and say, ‘Let’s watch Randle play or let’s watch Dunbar play. Let’s watch their reel,’ you’d be impressed by what they did. Those guys are comfortable with our offense. Those guys are comfortable playing next to guys in this scheme. We’re looking to give them more opportunities.”
In his second NFL season last year, Randle had just 51 carries but he made the most of them. He finished with 343 yards for a 6.7 yards per carry average and scored three touchdowns.
“You control what you can control. He had opportunities at different times where he went in for one play in the middle of a quarter and was productive,” Garrett said. “We just try to emphasize that to our players. If you get an opportunity, be prepared for it, whether it’s in practice, a scrimmage, a preseason game or a regular-season game. I thought Joe did a really nice job of that last year. At that position, sometimes it’s not always easy. But in a pinch-hitting role last year, he handled himself well and took advantage of those opportunities. I’m excited to see him more.”